Is There More Opportunity for Green Builders in 2016?

  The number of contractors involved in more than 60% of green products is growing and is set to grow to 31% both inside and out of the United States, according to a study by Dodge Data and Analytics. The largest green growth is occurring in First World and emerging economies around the world, such as…

IBS 2016: Innovation Starts at the End of the Channel

Why I’m Demanding a Disruption in Building Products Development   It seems like every meeting I have been in over the last few months has the same common theme. When asking any building materials manufacturer what they want to be famous for, the one word I hear over and over is “innovation,” or being an…

10 IBS Insights You Need to Know (Part 2/2)

Part Two: 5 Design Trends from IBS 2016   Every year, the International Builders’ Show (IBS) is the best place for marketers to keep a finger on the pulse of where the building products industry is going. The ER Marketing team and I attended this year, and we were able to learn everything from the…

2015’s Top 10 Building Product Dealers and Lumberyards to Follow on Twitter (Part 1)

Prepare to Click Follow—A Lot.   You’ll hear a lot of people in the building products industry make the claim that social media isn’t important to their marketing strategies. But the truth is that generational dynamics are shifting, putting Millennials and other social media users in new buying positions. It’s not something that’s coming down…

Is Housing Really Back?

Why That Question Might Be More Complicated Than You Think   As anyone who works in building products can attest, this is not an industry for the weak of heart. The last few years have required everyone—from the manufacturers to the distributors to the dealers to the pros—to weather a lot of ups and downs.…

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